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LB and Jenn: The Scottish Situation is bubbling nicely, thank you

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LAURA-BETH SALTER & JENN BUTTERWORTH Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, August 17, 2016 It promised to be an ecstatic, brilliant night; Llantrisant Folk Club quickly filled up, the starter session was cooking along nicely with the two Scotland-based guests joining in, Nanu Bouthillier from Ploërmel, Brittany played her fiddle and sang her Gallo…

Sweet Liberties: Cameron may not like it, but it’s a chorus of democracy

SWEET LIBERTIES: Roots Unearthed, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, November 27, 2015 Six musicians, including the charismatic and mesmerising Martyn Joseph and BBC Folk Singer Of The Year Nancy Kerr, staged this fascinating show, celebrating 800 years of democracy since the signing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament. The English…

Lau herald their new CD with power, flair and vision

Land of light: Martin Green {accordion),  Kris Drever (guitar) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle) in The Republic of Lau-land

LAU – Roots Unearthed, Lefel 3, St David’s Hall, Cardiff: February 8, 2016 Exceptional fiddler Aidan O’Rourke, master guitarist and singer Kris Drever and keyboard visionary Martin Green brought the Republic of Lau-land to the Roots Unearthed stage when they presented their brand-new album, The Bell That Never Rang; six tracks of freewheeling and freeform…

Oysters3: Stripped-down show packs a powerful punch

Oysters3, up close and personal: from left, Ian Telfer, John Jones and Alan Prosser. Photo: Mick Tems

OYSTERS3 – Roots Unearthed, Lefel 3 Lounge, St David’s Hall: February 26, 2015 Aberystwyth-born John Jones, lead vocalist and melodeon player of the mighty and well-loved Oysterband, described the stripped-down acoustic trio of core members and founders Ian Telfer and Alan Prosser as “Our voyage of discovery” – and judging by the whoops, rapturous applause…